Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Donna D'Errico, ex-Baywatch star: I was singled out for 'naked' TSA scan at airport because I'm hot

Former Baywatch star, Donna D'Errico, said she was singled out for a TSA scan at the airport because 'they thought I was attractive.'
Former Baywatch star, Donna D'Errico, said she was singled out for a TSA scan at the airport because 'they thought I was attractive.'

Former Baywatch star Donna D'Errico said she was stripped of her rights when she was singled out and forced to go through a "naked" TSA scanner at the airport because of her hot looks.
"It is my personal belief that they pulled me aside because they thought I was attractive," the 42-year-old former Playboy Playmate told AOL News. "My boyfriend looks much more like a terrorist than either I or my son do, and he went through security with no problems."
The Baywatch beauty was recently at the Los Angeles International Airport with her 17-year-old son Rhyan and boyfriend Roy J. Bank, the president of Merv Griffin Entertainment. They were on their way to visit a sick relative in Pittsburgh.
D'Errico said she asked the TSA agent why she was chosen to go through the body scan, to which he replied "because you caught my eye." After the search, she noticed the TSA agent who pulled her out of line was smirking with two other employees.
She claimed the screeners never told her she had the option of being searched instead.
Transportation Security Administration spokesman Nico Melendez told AOL News that D'Errico wasn't chosen for any particular purpose.
"If you see the images, you'll know it's not a naked picture," Melendez said. "The passengers are selected at random and not because they're celebrities."
The 385 full-body scanners being used at 68 airports across the country have sparked an outcry from fliers, who argue they're virtual strip searches because they produce invasive, intimate images of passengers.


Full body scans have been criticized for producing invasive images of passengers. (Ellis/Getty)
Federal officials argue the tough measures are necessary to keep travelers safe.
But D'Errico claimed the new rules allow employees to "hide behind the veil of security and safety in order to take advantage of women, or even men for that matter, so that you can see them naked."
She added, "It's a misuse of power and authority, and as much a personal violation as a Peeping Tom. The difference is that Peeping Toms can have charges pressed against them."

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